After winning both games in a quick two-game series with the New York Mets, the Red Sox revealed some major flaws in an ugly series with the Texas Rangers.
The Red Sox lost three out of the four games in the series against the Rangers including what might have been their worst loss of the season on Sunday afternoon.
After a meltdown in the bottom of the 8th inning, the Red Sox revealed their biggest weakness, the bullpen.
The starters for the Red Sox have struggled to give long outings, forcing manager Alex Cora to get creative with a weak bullpen. Having to manage a bullpen with guys like Josh Taylor, Darwinzon Hernandez, Austin Brice, and a struggling Adam Ottavino is not ideal.
The biggest problem for the Red Sox bullpen is they struggle to hit the strike zone, leading to walks. This was on full display Sunday afternoon against the Rangers.
What Happened Sunday?
Adam Ottavino opened up the bottom of the 8th pitching for the Red Sox. Ottavino walked the first batter he saw, got two quick outs, then allowed a single into left, allowing the walked batter to score. Ottavino then walked another batter before he was pulled for Matt Barnes.
But Wait, There’s More
The Red Sox bullpen is not the only flaw that was exposed in their last series. The lack of production from the back of the Red Sox batting order also contributed to the struggles.
The six, seven, eight, and nine batters for the Red Sox have struggled mightily this season, putting additional pressure on the top and middle of the order.
The batting averages tell the story.
Marwin Gonzalez – .189
Hunter Renfroe- .191
Franchy Cordero- .158
Bobby Dalbec- .200
Luckily for the Red Sox, it’s a long season. But in what’s shaping up to be a very tight AL East race, every game matters. Especially against struggling teams like the Rangers.
The Red Sox will look to bounce back and regain momentum in a three-game home series against the 8-21 Detroit Tigers.